New Delhi: Hitting out at the government over the Income Tax department notice that asked him to pay dues amounting to over Rs 9 lakhs, Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal, Friday, said that the notice has not been sent by the department but its "political bosses".
Addressing the reporters here, Anna Hazare’s key associate said, “I have not violated any study leave bond norm as a government employee.”
Reacting to the timing of the notice, Kejriwal said such things certainly cast doubts on government’s intentions.
He also questioned the I-T department for not responding to his applications for over four years. “It seems the government is misinterpreting the bond signed by me,” Kejriwal said.
Meanwhile, another member of Team Anna, Prashant Bhushan, also hit out at the government, saying that it should stop its smear campaign against the members of India Against Corruption.
“If the government wants to fight on Jan Lokpal Bill draft, it should discuss the issues,” Bhushan said.
‘Kejriwal still govt servant; has Rs 9L dues’
Just before Anna Hazare took on the government by going on a fast over the Lokpal Bill, the Income Tax department had slapped a notice on his key associate Arvind Kejriwal over unpaid dues amounting to over Rs 9 lakhs.
Kejriwal who joined Indian Revenue Service in 1995 and worked as Additional Commissioner of Income Tax in Delhi had resigned from service in February 2006, but Income Tax Department says his resignation can`t be accepted till he clears all the dues.
Prior to tendering his resignation, Kejriwal had in year 2000 took academic leave of two years.
As per the I-T department he is still a government servant as after being on study leave from November 01, 2000-October 31, 2002, did not return to government service - rules mandate a three year bond after study leave. Thus he owes the department two years’ salary amounting to Rs 3.5 lakhs and an additional 4.16 lakh as interest on that amount.
Besides the salary dues, the social activist had also taken a computer loan of Rs 50,000, which he is yet to repay the interest accumulated on this sum amounts to Rs 1 lakh.
Earlier, Kejriwal had replied to the notice by asserting that he took study leave from 2000 till October 2002 and resumed duty in November 01, 2002. Kejriwal also said that he completed three years in October 1, 2005 and resigned only in February 2006.
The noted RTI activist denied that he had violated any norms, while questioning the timing of the notice.
Kejriwal has announced that he will hold a press conference today evening over the issue.
I-T notice to Kumar Vishwas
Meanwhile today morning, the I-T department also issued a notice to another Team Anna member, Kumar Vishwas, to repay his dues by September 15.
Casting doubts on the timing of the I-T notice, Vishwas said as the notice was sent on August 29, a day after Annaji broke his fast, the motive itself becomes a bit suspicious.
“I have been paying tax on a routine basis and my personal assistant will surely reply back to the I-T department’s notice,” Vishwas further said.
He also urged Anna Hazare to carry on the fight against corruption.